Sanzenbacher was one of three restricted free agents who the Bengals offered low-round tenders, and his low-round tender came to about $1.43 million for the 2014 season. Terms weren't released with respect to his new deal.
A fourth-year player out of Ohio State, Sanzenbacher remains with the club after joining in 2012. He played for the first time as a Bengal last season, appearing in 10 games, making a start in one. He caught six passes for 61 yards in 2013 to go along with his 34 career catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns.
"Dane is a player with an instinctive feel for the game," Bengals receivers coach James Urban said, "and he should have the chance for more playing time this year than we were able to find for him last year. He's got assets that can help make us better."
Sanzenbacher would at best be the Bengals' fourth option at receiver behind A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Tight ends Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham also figure to be pass-catching options ahead of him. For half of last season, Sanzenbacher was even lower on the receiving totem pole because fellow wideout Andrew Hawkins was still on the roster. The speedy, shifty player caught 12 passes for 199 yards appearing in just eight games because of an ankle injury.
Hawkins was another one of the three players who was tendered last month. A couple weeks after receiving his low-round tender, Hawkins fielded a much larger offer from the Cleveland Browns that the Bengals ultimately were unable to match. Hawkins left, joining the Browns and leaving open a hole at receiver that Sanzenbacher had been expected to fill.
Sanzenbacher joins linebacker Vincent Rey as a restricted free agent who the Bengals re-signed. After receiving the low tender, Rey signed a two-year deal worth $2.1 million. Of that amount, $1 million is guaranteed.